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1 School Council Roles and Responsibilities Michele Giroux and Susan Klimchuk 05 October 2013

2 1.What is a school council? 2.What is the role of the council? 3.Who sits on the council? 4.What are the roles and responsibilities on a council? 5.What is the role of the principal on council? 6.How are councils governed? 7.What is a constitution? 8.What are the meeting requirements? 9.How do councils use sub-committees? 10. How do councils work?

3 A school council is an advisory body to the principal and where appropriate, the Board.

4 The Council provides advice on the following areas: Advisory o School improvement planning, school-based services and community partnerships, budget priorities, principal profile, local school calendar, use of school facilities, etc. Outreach Activities o Developing a sense of community, communication strategies, workshops/seminars, planning/fundraising for extra-curriculars, etc.

5 Councils are comprised of parents, the principal, one teacher, one admin/support staff, at least one community rep and a student (where appropriate). Elementary - 9 members, at least 5 parents Secondary - 11 members, at least 6 parents Members are elected annually in September.

6 Chair/Co-Chair: Calls & chairs meetings; sets agendas works collaboratively with members to assign duties Vice-Chair: Supports and assists the Chair Treasurer: Manages finances, reports monthly on accounts Secretary: Prepares agendas and minutes Members: Participate and encourage participation.

7 Principal’s Role Facilitate and assist council operations Coordinate council election process Support and promote council activities Distribute annual report Seek input, share information, attend meetings, act as resource, consider recommendations, liase with chair, communicate, encourage participation of school community

8 Ministry Regulation 612/00 Board Policy P.014.SCO Board Procedure PR.509.SCO School Council Constitution

9 Every council must have a constitution which outlines how the council will conduct its business. Name, purpose, objectives Membership and officers Responsibilities of officers Rules about meetings, quorum and voting rights Process for determining affiliations – OCASC membership Committee of council and composition Rules for meeting conduct and constitutional amendments Rules for annual elections and filling vacancies Conflict of interest provisions Conflict resolution processes Membership, chair vs co-chair, delegation of authority

10 Meetings Meet at least 4x per year Quorum – a majority of council present; parent majority of members present Meetings are public and written notice provided Meetings follow rules established by council Minutes of meeting recorded

11 School councils should work collaboratively and make decisions by consensus or voting. Voting done in accordance with constitution. In the event that a resolution cannot be reached, the school council chair or principal shall ask the school superintendent to mediate the disagreement. If you need help – contact your Principal, your Superintendent, School Council Liaison, OCASC

12 Committees are created by council The committee can be made up of members of the school council or additional parents, teachers, or members of the community Committee meetings are public and notice is provided Sub-committees make recommendations to the council. Examples: Fundraising Committee, Constitution or Operational Procedures Committee, Three-Year Education Plan Committee, Special Events Committee, Communications Committee, Education- Business Partnership Committee, etc.

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